Boat Dive Curaçao Diving and Snorkeling Guide Top 10 Dive Sites


Dive Site Recommendations

  • Dive Type: Boat
  • Snorkel Site: No
  • Experience Level: Drift (Min)
  • Depth: 40 -120ft (12-36m)

Special Notes

Due to recreational & commercial boat traffic, an inflated surface marker buoy is mandatory when shore diving. Consult a recommended Curaçao Dive Operator for additional details & recommendations.

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How did Smokeys and Kathy’s Paradise get named?

Before Ocean Encounters the Dive Operator used to be named Underwater Curaçao.  This is where the Peter Hughes Diving group hired a charismatic guy named Chris Richards (who is now the Curaçao Sea Aquarium Park Manager) to operate the scuba diving operation!  Chris ultimately ended up naming more than 70 percent of the dive sites here on Curaçao.


So, here is what Chris had to say about the naming of these dive sites!

Kathy’s Paradise – “A diver named Kathy was on one of our first trips to the nameless site. As an avid u/w she was crazy about it. When she asked the name for her logbook…I tell me? “

Smokeys – “On our first dives at Smokeys, the barrel sponges were all spawning. Looked like smoke out of chimneys!”

Thanks Chris!  And that is how it gets done – simple and to the point just like these incredibly beautiful must do dive sites!

Why Dive Curaçao?

We like to think there is no place in the world offering such great shore dives, boat dives or opportunities to enjoy the beauty of sea’s nature while snorkeling.But honestly, as you could imagine, we are a little biased.

Therefore we have compiled the Top 10 Reasons to Dive Curacao from an international list of travel writers, bloggers and media outlets to help us out to provide you with a fantastic overview of our beautiful Dutch Caribbean island.

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